The console war is fought everywhere these days, but the internet seems to be where people are most vocal. It also serves to give each console its own set of downloadable content, fuelling the war even more. Each week we'll give you a run-down of what's available to download on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii, and declare a winner.
Note: This round-up is based on UK releases to each console's online service. Releases outside of the UK could vary.
PlayStation 3 - PSN
With the PlayStation Store currently undergoing some major enhancements there are no updates this week, so we'll skip straight onto the Xbox 360.
Xbox 360 - Marketplace
This week the premiere game for Xbox LIVE Marketplace is undoubtedly Ikaruga. This classic shmup comes to the 360 complete with online co-op play, practice mode and online leaderboards. It's considered one of the best shmups ever made and for good reason. Playable game content elsewhere is actually rather slim, with only a demo for SEGA Superstars Tennis and two Poker Smash add-ons being an option for bullet dodging noobs.
The Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack ViDoc is well worth a look too. As is always the case with these mini documentaries released by Bungie, the production quality is superb and you get a good insight into the making of the new map pack.
Ikaruga: 800 MS Points
SEGA Superstars Tennis: Free
Poker Smash Puzzle Pack 1: 100 MS Points
Poker Smash Environment Pack 1: 100 MS Points
Pictures and Themes
Frontlines:Fuel of War Theme Pack #2: 150 MS Points
Frontlines:Fuel of War Theme Pack #3: 150 MS Points
Ikaruga - Theme Pack 1: 150 MS Points
Ikaruga - Pictures Pack 1: 100 MS Points
Ikaruga - Pictures Pack 2: 100 MS Points
Ikaruga - Pictures Pack 3: 100 MS Points
Disney's Vile Villains - Wicked Theme: 150 MS Points
Disney's Vile Villains - Ruthless Theme: 150 MS Points
Disney's Vile Villains - Heartless Picture Pack: 100 MS Points
Disney's Vile Villains - Unscrupulous Picture Pack: 100 MS Points
Halo 3 Legendary Map ViDoc: Mapmaker, Mapmaker: Free
Halo 3 - 'Our Favorite Things' The Halo 3 Heroic Map Pack Trailer: Free
Viking - The Making of Viking: Free
GameSpot - DICE Sessions: 20 Questions with Shane Kim Video SD: Free
Head to page 2 for a look at this week's Wii Virtual Console releases.
Wii Virtual Console
We can't remember the last time the Virtual Console was updated with four new releases, so to get two for the C64 and two for the Master System feels a bit like Christmas. California Games and Impossible Mission are both classics from their day, although they do feel more than a little dated these days. The two Master System games, though, don't excite quite as much. Wonder Boy is a pretty basic 2D platformer and Fantasy Zone is a rather unremarkable shoot 'em up. Neither has aged all that well.
Virtual Console releases
California Games (C64) - 500 points
Impossible Mission (C64) - 500 points
Wonder Boy (Master System) - 500 points
Fantasy Zone (Master System) - 500 points
And the winner of this week's DLC Royal Rumble is...
Xbox 360 - Marketplace
Again, with no new content for the PlayStation 3, it's a battle between the Xbox 360 and Wii. Four new games is a strong offering for the Virtual Console, but it's the quality of Treasure's Ikaruga which wins the day. California Games and Impossible Mission are indeed classics, but they're only really going to be of interest to gamers looking for a bit of nostalgia.